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Guide to Standard Restriction Stamps for ATF Import Permit Applications

Last Revised: April 7, 2011

This document is intended to help familiarize you with the more common restrictions used on ATF Form 6 import permits for firearms, ammunition, and implements of war.

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  1. Note: This permit authorizes the importation of the firearm(s) described on the reverse for the specific use of the United States or any department or agency thereof or any State or any department, agency, or political subdivision thereof, as specified in section 925(a)(1) of the Gun Control Act of 1968. To import the firearm(s) for resale or any other reason not provided for in the Act would be a violation of section 22(1).

  2. Note: The surplus military curio or relic firearms described on this permit are importable provided they are in their original military configuration.

  3. Note: This permit authorizes the importation of the model 1935 Browning Hi Power semiautomatic pistol provided it has 5 or more digits in the serial number. It is not authorized if it has the letters “CH” in the serial number, the Waffenamt proof mark or the markings of “Inglis” or “pindad.”

  4. Note: The firearms and/or ammunition authorized for importation by this permit are not authorized for permanent importation, and MUST be taken back out of the territorial limits of the United States by the holder of the permit, upon conclusion of the shooting or hunting activity. Exportation is exempt from State Department licensing pursuant to 22 CFR Part 123 and from Commerce Department licensing pursuant to 15 CFR Part 740.

  5. No Permit Required. The following items do not require a permit from this office to be imported_______.

  6. Note: This permit authorizes the conditional importation of article(s) described on the reverse for demonstration only at the _____________ Gun Show. At the conclusion of the Gun Show the article(s) must be forwarded directly to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Firearms Technology Branch, for testing and evaluation.

  7. Note: Restriction stamp number 37 became obsolete as of September 13, 2004.

  8. Note: Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §922(r), the items approved for importation under this permit may not be assembled into a semiautomatic rifle or any shotgun using more than 10 of the imported parts listed in 27 CFR §178.39(c), if the assembled firearm is prohibited from importation under 18 U.S.C. §925(d)(3).

  9. Note: All Glock pistols must have a serial number located on a metal plate which is a permanent part of the frame/receiver. The Glock models 17 and 19 must also have click adjustable sights.

  10. Note: This permit does not authorize the importation of any barrelled action when the barrel is less than 16 inches in length.

  11. Note: The above change was made by this office.

  12. Nothing follows

  13. Note: The above change was made at the request of the applicant.

  14. Note: The firearm(s) described on this permit must be of commercial manufacture. Under the provisions of 27 CFR 447.22, neither the component parts nor any unfinished forgings, castings, extrusions, and machined bodies for the component parts used in the assembly/manufacture of these firearms may have originated in the People’s Republic of China or any other proscribed country listed in 27 CFR 447.52.

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  16. Note: This permit authorizes the importation of the Government Model 1911 or 1911Al series of the Colt Commander series semiautomatic pistol, in .38, 45, or 9mm caliber, provided the firearm is not marked United States Army, United States Navy, United States Government, or United States Property. Further, the serial number must possess any one of the following letters as a suffix or prefix “C”, “NM”, “MR”, “R”, “CS”, “LW”, “CLW”, “M2”, “MA”, “BW”, “CT”, “ETO”, or “PTO”. Additionally, the Mark IV/Series 70 and Mark IV/Series 80 pistols are importable.

  17. This permit authorizes the importation of either the HS-21/S (Texas Scout) or the HS-121/S single action revolvers provided the following conditions are met. The model HS-21/S in .22 caliber must have a serial number over 504,001 and/or the model HS-121/S in .357 magnum must have a serial number over 8,601 denoting the incorporation of modified hammer safety components. Both models must have a barrel length of not less than 5-1/2” measured from the muzzle to the face of the cylinder.

  18. Note: The Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver described on this permit is not authorized for importation if the serial number contains the prefix “V”, “SV”, or “VS”.

  19. Note: The barrels, frames, and/or receivers authorized for importation by this permit may only be used in the assembly of firearms eligible for importation pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §925(d)(3).

  20. Note: No firearm barrels are authorized for importation under this permit.

  21. Note: No surplus military frames, receivers or barrels are authorized for importation under this permit.

  22. Note: Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 925(d)(3), this permit does not authorize the importation of frames, receivers, or barrels for (1) firearms subject to the National firearms Act (NFA), 26 U.S.C. Chapter 53, including machineguns and destructive devices; (2) firearms that are not generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes; and (3) surplus military firearms. Alternatively, barrels for the foregoing firearms may be modified so they are incapable of use as barrels by cutting a hole equal to the diameter of the bore through one side in the high pressure (chamber) area.

  23. Note: All firearms of Russian origin, as defined in 27 CFR 447.21 Category I, and their parts and components must be removed from the articles prior to importation, in accordance with 27 CFR 447.52(b)(1). Defense articles regulated under Category II of the U.S. Munitions Import List including guns over caliber 50, howitzers, mortars, and recoiless rifles are not subject to this restriction.

  24. No restriction stamp required.

  25. Supporting documentation for permit number

  26. Note: This permit authorizes the importation of the firearm barrel(s) described on the reverse for the specific use of the United States or any department or agency thereof or any State or any department, agency, or political subdivision thereof, as specified in Section 925(a)(1) of the Gun Control Act of 1968. To import the firearm barrel(s) for resale or any other reason not provided for in the Act would be a violation of Section 922(l).

  27. Note: This permit authorizes the importation by the importer of the nonsporting ammunition described thereon for the purpose of distribution to law enforcement and government entities only. This ammunition may not be transferred or otherwise disposed of in the United States or otherwise disposed of in the United States other than as stated.

  28. Reserved for FEIS (Note: Special Restriction)

  29. Reserved for FEIS (Note: Gun Show)

  30. Note: Armor piercing ammunition and each package containing armor piercing ammunition must be marked in accordance with Title 27 CFR 478.92.

  31. Note: The firearms approved for import under this permit may not incorporate a surplus military frame, receiver or barrel.

     

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